Dev Anand: The eternal romantic and charming Bollywood hero

Dev Anand

Dev Anand was the ultimate flamboyant and irresistibly charming silver screen star, whose romantic image and infectious zeal for life and cinema will outlive that of his contemporaries.

The charismatic star lived by the philosophy of "Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata chala gaya, har fikar ko dhuen mein udata chala gaya," a song from his movie "Hum Dono" (1961).

The 88-year-old versatile actor-filmmaker, who passed away in London last night, will be remembered for his swagger, which continue to find imitations till date.

When his contemporaries like Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar stopped playing the leading men in movies, Dev Anand did not lose his innate romantic spirit and continued to woo his young heroines with trademark puff of hair, his sloping walk and smile in movies like "Johnny Mera Naam", "Des Pardes", "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" among others.

The actor-director-producer was working till his last. His latest project "Chargsheet" is ready to release and he was planning a extention of his cult hit 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna'.

But there will be no Dev saab, as he was popularly addressed as by friends and fans, to complete them.

In his last interview to PTI in September on his 88th birthday, Dev Anand said that he had still a lot to offer.

"My life is the same and I am at a beautiful stage at 88. I am as excited as I was in my 20s. I have so many things to do and I am looking forward to the release of 'Chargesheet'.

"I am working on a fresh script titled 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna Aaj' on audience's demand." His films spoke of his modern sensibilities and desire to portray tomorrow's headlines today. The Bollywood legend always said that his films were expression of his world view and hence dealt with socially-relevant subjects.

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